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13 December 2019

Zambia wants UNESCO to list the Barotse Flood plains as a world Cultural Landscape

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Government wants UNESCO to list the Barotse Flood plains as a world Cultural Landscape. Minister of Arts and Tourism Ronald Chitotela says once this is done, tourists will be attracted to visit the area which will in turn promote tourism and job creation for people in Western province.

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13 December 2019

Airbnb adds 31 new languages, includes Xhosa, Zulu and Swahili

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Hosts and guest of Airbnb can access its platform in Xhosa, Zulu and Swahili, alongside 28 additional languages. Now supporting 62 languages, the Airbnb platform is accessible to more than four billion native speakers. With these new languages, the company is working to bring economic opportunity to even more hosts, and making it easier for more guests to experience travel that is local, authentic and unique.

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12 December 2019

Kenya & Jamaica set up joint centre to address tourism challenges

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The Kenyan and Jamaican governments will open a Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre at Kenyatta University to address challenges that affect their economies. The disclosure were made Wednesday at Kenyatta University when Jamaican Minister for Tourism Edmund Bartlett held a meeting with top management of the university and Kenyan government representatives. The project was mooted by President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited Jamaica earlier this year. Mr Bartlett said the initiative will play a key role in addressing issues such as terrorism and cyber security threats. “Globally, tourism has negatively been affected by terrorism and cyber security and this partnership seeks to embrace meaningful collaborations that address some of these challenges,’’ said Mr Bartlett.

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12 December 2019

Call of the Wild: Why Nancy Lee is Helping to Save the Planet With African Parks

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NGO African Parks is protecting some of the continent’s most vulnerable ecosystems—with help from Nancy Lee and a handful of other Asian philanthropists. Nancy Lee was just a few years old when she stepped on to the deck of an ocean liner, looked towards the horizon and set eyes on South Africa. “It was 1962 and my family was moving from South America to Asia,” recalls Nancy. “We travelled by ship the whole way. It took us three months to sail from Buenos Aires to Cape Town, then up through the Indian Ocean. It was an amazing experience—people don’t travel like that any more. I was very, very young, but I remember South Africa clearly. It was magical—I remember thinking it was like a beautiful garden.”

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11 December 2019

South Africa attracts tourists from Oman with innovative options

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Muscat: More and more people in Oman are being encouraged to visit South Africa, with the country’s embassy in the Sultanate setting up awareness programmes to show people what they can expect to see there. The embassy of South Africa in Oman recently held a tourism seminar in the country to promote the destination to people in Oman, so they will know which areas they will be able to visit when they land in the Rainbow Nation.

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11 December 2019

Rwanda: Qatar Airways acquires 60% of the new Kigali airport

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Less than a week after Rwanda signed a partnership with Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG), Qatar Airways has become the owner of the new Bugesera airport, still under construction. An investment in RwandAir is also under discussion. While Kigali welcomed 977,631 passengers in 2018, the new terminal has greater ambitions. It will be designed to accommodate up to 7 million passengers per year (well above the 4.5 million planned with the previous Portuguese partner) and 14 million by 2032. The Rwandan government and Qatar Airways signed an investment partnership on 9 December, whereby the airline will take 60% of the new Bugesera airport (east of Kigali), a project worth nearly $1.3bn, initially scheduled for completion in 2020.

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10 December 2019

Victoria Falls water level December 2019

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There has recently been a number of media and news organisations around the world reporting about Victoria Falls potentially drying up. Atta has spoken to various members based in Zimbabwe seeking clarification around these reports. Whilst we are cognisant that Climate Change is a growing concern on a global level, and that it is potentially having an impact on countries throughout the world, what has been lacking in the media reports is an insight into the historic seasonal patterns and the resultant changes in water flow which are vital pieces of information to ensure a clear perspective is maintained.

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10 December 2019

Spying on hippos with drones to help conservation efforts

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A new UNSW (University of New South Wales) study has shown that using a drone to film hippos in Africa is an effective, affordable tool for conservationists to monitor the threatened species’ population from a safe distance, particularly in remote and aquatic areas. Drones with cameras might be a nuisance to privacy in the suburbs, but in Southern Africa they are helping a UNSW Sydney research team to save a threatened species: the humble hippo. Wild numbers of the vulnerable Hippopotamus amphibius are declining because of habitat loss and hunting for meat and ivory, so monitoring their population is crucial for conservation management.

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09 December 2019

Online hospitality training videos to up-skill SA’s tourism sector

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The Tourism Grading Council of South African (TGCSA) and the International Hotel School (IHS) have partnered with Summit to offer videos to up-skill hospitality at establishments. There are a series of online training videos which are geared towards improving the service offered in the hospitality sector. Employees at graded establishments will have access to these resources, which will result in the industry being up-skilled. These videos are divided into four training programmes. These have been identified as important for accommodation establishments.

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09 December 2019

Vervet monkeys thrive despite habitat loss in South Africa

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As countries around the world experience rapid urbanization, many animal species have been forced to adapt to the encroachment of humans into their habitats. For species like the vervet monkey, this adaptation sometimes leads to conflict with humans. “In urban areas, perhaps with the first developments, [vervet monkeys] might have been pushed out [of cities],” says Colleen T. Downs, research chair at the National Research Foundation in South Africa. The situation has since changed, though, as the monkeys have found access to food waste and fruit trees in people’s gardens.

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06 December 2019

The Elephants of Tomorrow

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On December 4th a giant collection of sculptures arrived at Marble Arch! A series of 21 different sized elephants are placed in the square and the traffic islands by the famous arch. The work is known as The Orphans Sculpture, or alternatively, the Elephants of Tomorrow, and its billed as the largest wildlife sculpture of its kind in the world. The Sheldrick Trust, the charity commissioning the work says ‘We invite the good people of London and visitors to the city to meet, and fall in love with, the Elephants of Tomorrow in Marble Arch throughout 2020.’ The sculptures depicts elephants that have been affected by environmental bight or orphaned by poachers.

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06 December 2019

Kenya Airways - Codeshare updates KLM/ Air France

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Kenya Airways in late-November 2019 expanded its codeshare partnership with AIRFRANCE, covering 17 additional routes to/from Paris CDG. Kenya Airways starting this week is expanding its codeshare partnership with KLM, covering additional routes to/from Germany.

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06 December 2019

Application for Membership - Blue Zebra Island Lodge

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Blue Zebra Island Lodge has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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05 December 2019

Google puts Kenya’s 21 National Parks on the map

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The launch of Google Street View for Kenya’s 21 national parks and one conservancy today is expected to boost Kenya’s tourism sector by encouraging visitor numbers to the parks. Capturing Street View imagery of these national parks and one conservancy was done through a collaboration between Google, the Ministry of Tourism, Kenya Wildlife Services, the County Governments of Narok and Samburu and the management of Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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05 December 2019

Application for Membership - Newmark Hotels

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Newmark Hotels has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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04 December 2019

Rwanda signs deal with Paris St Germain to promote tourism

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Rwanda signed a deal on Wednesday with French soccer club Paris St Germain to promote tourism in the east African nation, its second such agreement since last year. “We invest part of our tourism revenues in strategic collaborations such as the one with Paris St Germain because we understand the positive effect they have on the overall perception of the country globally,” the Rwanda Development Board’s chief executive, Clare Akamanzi, said in a statement after the signing.

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03 December 2019

Tanzania Tourism Board & NAS agree to boost tourism sector

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The number of tourists who visit Tanzania is expected to increase following the successful signing of an agreement between the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) and National Aviation Services (NAS), which offer services at airports in Africa and Asia. The agreement was signed recently in Dar es Salaam. The agreement will enable the company, which offers services at different airports to advertise and promote various tourists attractions in the country. The NAS DAR AIRCO board chairman, Prof. Costa Mahalu said that the company will display posters and promote tourists attractions in VIP lounges and CIP lounges, which are served by the company.

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03 December 2019

Why an SA wildlife vet had to crawl to collar Congo elephants

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Dodging dwarf crocodiles and forest buffaloes, wildlife vet Joel Alves was recently in the Congo Republic to dart and collar forest elephants. The smaller cousin of South Africa’s savannah elephants, forest elephants are also threatened by poachers. But Congo Republic’s thick jungle means access isn’t easy for conservationists and those trying to protect these animals, who when fully grown aren’t likely to exceed 2.5 metres in height compared to up to four metres for savannah elephants.

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02 December 2019

The wild, empty safari destination you must visit before the crowds arrive

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Before the war, this national park in Mozambique was as celebrated as the Serengeti. It's now been returned to its former glory. In the chill of early morning, a light mist hangs above Lake Urema, the water droplets reflecting the first rays. Across the savannah is the glint of impala, burly waterbuck, square-jawed wildebeest, a handsome solitary nyala in the distance, retreating into a copse of sculptural fever trees. Kicking up the dust, a family of warthog trot past, their tails upright like aerials. I hear the soft boom-boom of ground hornbill, the bisyllabic bark of baboons.

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02 December 2019

Application for Membership - Simien Image Tour and Travel

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Simien Image Tour and Travel has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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